Sunday 15 September 2019

Kerr?s medal hat-trick at wintry Tullamore

A team of eight athletes from Ardee and District AC competed and in the Girls? Under-14 events Aoife Donnelly, Ciara Leacy and Alice O'Hare all ran well and Emma Fay, although just missing out on a medal, qualified for next month?s All-Ireland finals.

Karl Faulkner did well in the Boys? Under-14 competition, as did Adrian Ruddy at Under-17 level. Hazel McGuinness just missed out on a medal (Girls Under-15).

Ardee?s star perform-er on the day was Barry Faulkner, competing in the Under-16 category. He qualified for the forthcoming All-Irelands in some style after winning gold in both the 100m and 250m hurdles respectively. Barry also picked up a bronze medal in the high jump to cap a great day for the Ardee athlete.

Three Boyne AC members braved the weather conditions to take part in the Leinsters. Muireann Khan had a good run in the Girls? Under-15 800m and Laura Kelly competed gamely in the Under-14 long jump. Amy McTeggart was rewarded for her efforts when she picked up silver in the Girls? Under-13 high jump.

Athletes from St Peter's AC returned from Tullamore with an impressive haul of six gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Olivia McDonald won both the Under-19 shot put and javelin respectively. Her throw in the javelin (36.14m) was a new championship best performance. Olivia also took silver in the 100m and finished fourth in the long jump.

Competing at Under-18 level, Hillary Kerr triumphed in both the 200m and long jump (5.02m) and was second in the 100m. Frances Rogers won the Under-18 shotput and added bronze in the discus. Her cousin Emily Rogers was victorious in the Under-15 high jump (1.48m).

The mid Louth club won three silver medals in the Under-13 Boys? events. Mark Rogers, brother of Emily, was second in both the high jump (1.37m) and shot put (9.67m), while Éamonn McManus impressed with a silver medal in the javelin.

Laura O'Neill and Brianán Conway were also medallists in the javelin. Laura finished second in the Under-17 event (27.87m), while Brianán claimed bronze at Under-16 level. Megan Finnegan, Niamh Fussey, Ian McDonald, Ellen McGuinness and Niamh Mernagh did them-selves and their club credit with some fine performances.John McDonnell and Tom McGrane (both St Peter?s) competed with considerable success in last week?s Scottish Masters' Championships at Dunfermline's Pitreavie Stadium.

John enjoyed a great double victory in the Over-45 age group, winning both the shot put (8.52m) and discus (22.70m). Tom also performed well in the same age group ? he was second in the shot (7.26m) and fourth in the 200m (28.40 seconds).